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>> pelley: tonight, the democrats convention euphoria comes to a quick end. today's report shows job creation slowing sharply and more of the unemployed giving up hope. >> we need to create more jobs faster. >> it's a national tragedy. >> pelley: reports from anthony mason and our campaign 2012 team. he shot osama bin laden and snapped the last pictures ever of the most-wanted terrorist. can you describe what they look like? in a "60 minutes" interview, a former navy seal tells his story. john blackstone on a historic fire season. breaking the bank and texting the firefighters. and steve hartman "on the road." an unusual request gets a surprising response. >> i've got two of them and i only need one. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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reporting tonight from charlotte, north carolina. >> pelley: good evening. the glow of president obama's renomination in this city last night was eclipsed today by another bad jobs report. the labor department told us the economy created fewer jobs than expected in august-- just 96,000. average monthly job creation so far this year is 139,000, and that's down from 153,000 last year. the unemployment rate in august fell two-tenths of a point to 8.1%, but that's only because more people gave up looking and even though they don't have jobs they are no longer counted as the unemployed. anthony mason has been digging into this. >> reporter: two years after he was laid off 0, 30-year-old michael vaupel finally got a full-time job in august, working as a security guard at a florida
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racetrack. >> i can't even describe the feeling, really, it's a weight off your shoulders. >> reporter: but vaupel is one of the lucky ones. the economy refuses to pick up speed. the meager 96,000 jobs created in august is just about the average for the past six months and it's barely enough to accommodate new people entering the work force. economist ellen zentner is with nomura securities. >> businesses are reluctant to hire, consumers are reluctant to spend so you start to create this sort of anemic psych where will it just doesn't warrant a pick up in job growth. >> reporter: the unemployment rate did decline in august, but only because more people are leaving the work force. among working-age americans, the participation rate has dropped to 63.5%. the last time it was that low was 31 years ago this month. while he was unemployed, michael vaupel took odd jobs and worked for his wife's cleaning service. but he was still forced to move
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in with his parents. >> not being able to pay the bills is so stressful on me and my wife, trying to provide for our son. >> reporter: vaupel's new job as a security guard gives him health benefits. it pays just under $10 an hour. >> i'm hoping to just... just get by. get by. >> reporter: the new numbers will not be good news for the federal reserve which meets next week. chairman ben bernanke has called the unemployment rate a grave concern, and this may force the fed to take more action. >> pelley: anthony, tell us, why so many people dropping out of the work force? >> reporter: well, scott, as the chart showed, this trab the trend for a while. in part it's aging baby boomers who are retiring but it's also people who have given up looking for a job because they can't find it. either way you spin it, economists say it means a weak recovery. >> pelley: anthony, thank you. jobs, of course, are the number-one issue this election year, and we wanted to have a look tonight at what each
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candidate would do about jobs and the economy. we're going to start with nancy cordes who's traveling with the president in iowa. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president headed straight from his convention to two battleground states today and out on the campaign trail he put the best possible spin on those new jobs numbers but acknowledged that with 12.5 million americans still out of work the pace of recovery should be moving faster. >> today we learned after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. (cheers and applause) but that's not good enough. >> reporter: speaking in portsmouth, new hampshire, the president argued congress could create one million jobs right away if it would just pass his $300 billion jobs bill. >> jobs for teachers, jobs for construction workers, jobs for
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folks who have been looking out... looking for work for a long time. we can do that. >> reporter: the white house says the plan would prevent. 280,000 teacher layoffs, give $5 billion to states to hire back police officers and firefighters and provide a tax credit to employers who either increase wages for existing workers or hire new employees. the president introduced the plan a year ago tomorrow but it got little traction with republicans who were wary of more stimulus spending and didn't like the way it was paid for-- by limiting tax deductions for wealthy americans. last night in his convention address, president obama argued governor romney's economic plan has one singular focus. and he said it's not job creation. >> have a surplus? try a tax cut. deficit too high? try another. (laughter) feel a cold coming on, take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the
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morning. (cheers and applause). >> reporter: one thing president obama did not explain if his speech last night is how he would work more effectively with republicans in congress on these issues if he gets a second term. the white house did note that they were able to reach a compromise with republicans on some of his most important jobs initiatives like extending unemployment insurance, cutting payroll taxes, and, scott, giving tax credits to companies that hire veterans. >> pelley: thanks, nancy, jan crawford, our chief political correspondent, is with the romney campaign in new hampshire tonight, january? >> reporter: well, scott, governor romney has staked his campaign on the economy and jobs and today he pounced on those disappointing jobs numbers and he also criticized the president's speech last night saying he ignored the millions of americans who are out of work. >> i expected him to talk about the number of families having a hard time making ends meet. instead it was a whole series of new promises-- which he also won't be able to keep.
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because the policies he believes in and the direction he's pulling will not make america stronger. >> reporter: romney says his plan would create 12 million new jobs over four years-- that's about 250,000 a month-- a healthy number but one some economists say would still fall short of a full recovery. to create those new jobs romney focuses on five broad proposals including: increasing oil and gas production to make america energy independent by 2020, raising demand for american goods overseas by enforcing new trade agreements, and helping small businesses by cutting taxes and regulations, including repealing the president's health care reform law. to restore economic confidence, he would cut the deficit by immediately cutting spending, including an across-the-board 5% cut of nondefense discretionary spending. in an interview with scott pelley, the governor named a few programs he would cut. >> the subsidy for pbs, the subsidy for amtrak, the subsidy for the national endowment for
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the arts, the subsidy for the national endowment for the humanities. >> pelley: those are pretty small bore, governor. we're talking about hundreds of billions of dollars that you would need. we're talking about department. >> i'll keep going then. let's keep going. another hundred billion dollars a year comes by taking medicaid-- which is the health care program for the poor, as well as food stamps and housing vouchers-- and sending those back to the states and growing them at the rate of inflation or inflation plus 1% in the case of medicaid. >> reporter: now, romney has also started asking a question you're going to hear a lot more of over the next 60 days, it's on that sign right behind me. are you better off in scott, he's basically arguing that no matter what the president says people know they're not better off and they shouldn't bet on four more years of the same. >> pelley: jan, thanks very much. you may recall that we brought you our interview with mitt and ann romney last week. we'll be talking to president obama as well and we'll have that for you next week. foreign policy was also a focus
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of the president's acceptance speech last night. he mentioned ending the war in iraq, killing osama bin laden, and he said his opponents are, as he put it, new to foreign policy. >> from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost america so dearly. after all, you don't call russia our number-one enemy-- not al qaeda, russia-- (laughter) -- unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind warp. >> pelley: right up there with al qaeda on america's lists of enemies is a family-run militant group on the border of afghanistan and pakistan, the haqqani network. today the obama administration formally declared it a terrorist organization. david martin has been following the haqqanis for years. >> reporter: the haqqani network has been linked to some of the most spectacular terrorist attacks of the afghan war. this one last year on the u.s.
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embassy in kabul and this giant truck bomb set off at the entrance to an american outpost last june to maim just a few. so when secretary of state clinton interrupted a trip through asia to announce the haqqani network would be officially designated a foreign terrorist organization it may have seemed like a blinding flash of the obvious. but it was a decision which had tied the obama administration in knots and was only settled by the need to meet a congressionally-ordered deadline. the designation gives the administration a tool but not a silver bullet to go after haqqani finances by pressuring banks in pakistan and the arab countries of the persian gulf to freeze their assets. that's not nearly as fast acting as the c.i.a. drone strike which last month killed one of the sons of the patriarch of the network. but the terrorist designation also complicate it is on again/off again efforts to start peace talks. >> well, i'm scared. >> reporter: more specifically, it could add
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another obstacle to attempts to renegotiate the release of bo bergdahl, an american soldier who walked off his base and has been held by the haqqanis since 2009. it's also a slap in the face of a critical u.s. ally. since the haqqani network is based in pakistan and, according to u.s. officials, is supported by pakistani intelligence. whatever the ultimate impact of the terror designation, life does seem to be getting more difficult for the haqqanis. at this time last year, they had been blamed for 12 attacks in and around kabul. so far this year there have been just three. scott? >> pelley: thanks, david. one of the american commandos who killed osama bin laden has talked about the mission for the first time in an interview for "60 minutes." the former navy seal has written a book under the pen fame "mark owen." and on "60 minutes" this sunday he will describe the assault and how he took the pictures to prove that bin laden was dead. >> i figured these were probably some of the most important
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photos i'd ever taken in my life so make sure i do it right, get good angles and all this other stuff. but you know you've got to clean off the face so it's identifiable as possible, spread water on him, took a sheet off the bed, wiped the blood off and took photos. >> pelley: wiping the blood off of osama bin laden's face. and you shot pictures of his face in a profile. can you describe what they looked like? >> they're pretty gruesome. >> pelley: owen's first-person account of the raid will be the full hour on "60 minutes" this sunday at 7:00, 6:00 central. in syria today there were two deadly bombings in the capital, damascus. in one of them at least five policemen were killed. it is just the latest violence in a civil war that began as an uprising against the assad dictatorship a year and a half ago. the head of the international red cross toured syria this week. today he said he was shocked by the devastation. the government put out a warning
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the fire line means an hour-long hike lugging 35 pounds of gear up a 3,000 foot mountain. what's the attraction of this work for you? >> it's probably the excitement of a wild land fire. >> reporter: wildfires in 12 states have burned almost two million more acres than in an average year. it stretched the limits of firefighters and budgets. >> we've all been trained to think of the worst possible scenario. what can happen? if i go down on this piece of ground right here underneath this active fire, what can go wrong? where am i going to go if it does go wrong? >> reporter: california budgeted $93 million for wildfires this year but has already gone through $114 million. montana, washington, and utah have also burned through their firefighting budgets. where have you been? >> idaho, utah, arizona. >> reporter: this week, chris fern december of the u.s. forest service sierra hot shots had been putting in 16-hour days in the san gabriel mountains. >> if you don't like the honk
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>> pelley: four n.f.l. players who were caught up in the bounty scandal were told today that they can play this weekend. an appeals panel lifted their suspensions. they were accused of taking cash bonuses for hard hits that injured opponents. one of them-- new orleans saints linebacker jonathan vilma-- had been suspended for the entire year. today's ruling is not final. the n.f.l. commissioner has the final say. we have an update now on last night's story about american swimmer bradley snyder. today he won the 400 meter free style at the paraolympics in london. his second gold medal for the u.s.a. one year ago today snyder, a navy lieutenant, was diffusing a bomb in afghanistan when it exploded. he lost his eyesight. now, have a look at some spectacular photos of the kilauea volcano in hawaii.
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so happily in fact that larry has now come to realize the downside of loving someone so much, that you cannot live without them. >> i love her. >> you can't live without them ... >> she is my heart. >> part has never been an issue for these two. >> i know that he loves me. >> what has always been lacking is a kidney. she was born with only one. and now that one is shot and she needs a transplant, but neither her husband nor anyone tested and her family is a suitable match. she is trying to get on a donor list but the weight is about two or three years long and that is for a kidney from a deceased donor, a transplant donors that it their kidneys from living donors tend to live longer. >> i'm going to get a kidney. >> which is why he decided to try completely radical approach to securing a kidney. >> i don't care what people think. faugh >> asking for from total strangers. >> i could sure use a kidney.
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>> never mind that most people want to give a panhandler their pocket change and let alone a vital organ but for the past couple of weeks, larry, at 77, has been walking all over his home town of anderson south carolina, basically begging for a kidney. >> did you think that he would get anyone? >> i guess not. >> and why do it? >> i'm trying, i had to do something. >> it was really just a way to not feel helpless which is why he was as surprised as anyone when the phone rang. >> i am willing to donate a kidney for your wife. >> it rang repeatedly. believe it or not, over the past few days the phone has not stopped ringing. >> we would love to find out how to be tested. >> under the people that saw his sign or heard about it, have volunteered. it is still too early to tell if he has found a match for his wife, but at this point he is almost certainly recruiting enough volunteers, and raising enough awareness, to save
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someone, which is fine by his wife. >> if i get a kidney, fine, if i don't that i hope someone else does. >> that is not good enough for him. >> i know it. >> that is why larry is still out there, appealing to the kinds of strangers, for the love of his life. steve hartman, on the road, in anderson south carolina. >> and that is the cbs evening news, for tonight. with thanks to the people here at wbbm tv in charlotte for their hospitality and for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, and scott pelly, see you sunday on 60 minutes. good night. >> good evening, i am dana king >> i am alan martin, the conventions are over and now, the money race is on and tonight we get a better idea of how dollars will dictate campaign strategies. political reporter grace lee is
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here on the size of a war chest that are driving cadidates in different directions. >> that is right, there's a sense of urgency that we're seeing from both presidential candidates today now that the conventions are finished, both are taking aim at the all important swing states. mitt romney is spending millions on a new advertising campaign, and in the meantime his running mate is heading to the bay area. >> igniting the crowd, the republican vice-presidential candidate launched an attack in the that. his message? the president is all talk, no action. >> he is not a bad guy, he is good at giving great speeches. he is just very bad at creating jobs. as >> and now a wisconsin congressman is heading to the bay area saturday morning, in mountain view he will host a global hang out, chatting with voters in forcing states but he is here to collect money as well at a fund-raiser in

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